As we type this we have less than one month left till this truck needs to be ready to drive halfway across the country to go wheeling for a week on the toughest trails. We're tired, stressed, and hoping that all the parts arrive in time. We have more work than days left, and we've decided to once again give up sleep and health in exchange for coffee and four-wheeling. Just another day trying to put together a magazine and a wild project truck at the same time.
As usual, things can get out of hand quickly when you start a simple project. You try to change the oil and end up installing a winch, you try to repack your wheel bearings and end up with a new axle, and we even know guys who started installing a lift kit only to end up tearing their whole truck apart (we promise we'll get it out of the garage soon, Grandma). The same thing happened with our Ultimate Adventure truck this year.
We originally planned on this '01 Tacoma to be a basic buildup that anyone could copy, and then we got in the shop, and as you know, once you start it's hard to just go halfway. Let's just say that it's gonna be really cool, and we promise to do some more cheap-truck stuff when this thing is done, but for now we're gonna build the coolest Tacoma we can. We hope you can take some of our work and apply it to your ride, and we hope Congress soon passes the 36-hour day initiative 'cause we need more time.